Hotels of Devonshire, Bermuda

Ariel Sands Beach Club 
<B><I>Actor Michael Douglas part owner, occasional visitor</I></B> Secluded on a South Shore pink sand beach, this resort features a freshwater pool and two oceanfront saltwater pools. <P> Guest accommodations consist of rooms, suites, and full cottages all with colonial plantation decor of warm woods and pastels. <P> Actor and resort shareholder Michael Douglas occasionally brings his family for the beach, pools, and global cuisine restaurant. This resort offers 47 air conditioned guestrooms, suites, and cottages in 12 two story pink and white buildings terraced on 14 acres of lawns and gardens above a pink sand beach. Renovated in 2002 03, guest accommodations feature colonial plantation decor of warm tone furniture and pastel fabrics set against pastel colored walls and white ceilings. Headboards include woven rattan. Televisions with U.S. cable channels and VCRs (fees) with complimentary video movies provide entertainment. <B>What to expect:</B> Inviting to couples and families, the resort sits on 14 acres of green lawns and flowering tropical plants, offering panoramic ocean views amid an ambience of relaxed seclusion. Hammocks strung between palm trees exemplify the resort's restful nature. <P><B>Amenity highlights:</B> In addition to a medium size heated freshwater pool, the resort features two saltwater pools fed by the ocean along the shore. The pools run parallel to one another, with the closer to the shore shallow enough for children. It measures 45 by 30 feet. The other pool measures 90 by 30 feet. Adjacent lie 100 yards of pink sand along the turquoise ocean. <P><B>Insider tip:</B> Tracing its lineage on the island to 1630, the Dill family is one of the oldest in Bermuda. The property on which the resort stands has been in the family since the 1840s. Family members remain shareholders and include actor Michael Douglas, son of a Dill (Diana), and actor/father Kirk Douglas. Photographs of Michael Douglas and other Dill family members adorn public rooms. Although he and actress/wife Catherine Zeta Jones own a house on Bermuda, they and their children still pay occasional visits to the resort. The resort's health and beauty spa offers massage, body treatments, and facials in addition to waxing and hair/nail care. Massage options include Swedish, Reiki, and aromatherapy; body treatment choices include Salt Glow Rub and mud, seaweed, and herbal wraps; facials include deep pore cleansing, deep hydration, and fruit acid treatment. Other facilities include a fitness center and a video game arcade. <P>

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